From Faber & Faber's Projections: Tod Lippy's interview with David Picker
What about Last Tango in Paris?
That was a phone call from Alberto Grimaldi, the producer. That had been
at Paramount - just like Tom Jones had been at another company. I'd been
involved in the Clint Eastwood Westerns with Alberto, and he said,
"Bernardo's got this project. Here's the cost, I can send you the
treatment. It's Brando, and Paramount doesn't want to use him." I asked
him to send me the treatment. And we made a deal based on the treatment
and, of course, the director. I was a big fan of Bertolucci's.
I mean, when you're able to move quickly, give answers quickly, and
you're known for being sympathetic to the creative process - it's still not
easy, but you have access to everything. And you know, we were tough
businessmen. We didn't roll over and play dead. But, they knew there was
enormous respect for the creative process. And we were in business - it was
kind of scary - with everyone. Fellini, Bergman, Truffaut, I worked with
them all - although to call it "work" is sort of ridiculous. And then you
add on the top of that the Beatles, the James Bond franchise...
New York Film-Makers on Film-making
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